ROYAL ACADEMY OF ART DISPLAYS SLEEPING FIGURE

Francis Bacon, Sleeping Figure, 1959. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.
Francis Bacon, Sleeping Figure, 1959. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon’s Sleeping Figure, 1959, is currently on display at London’s Royal Academy of Arts, in the exhibition; Rubens and His Legacy, Van Dyck to Cézanne.

The exhibition on now through to 10 April, features over 160 works, bringing together Sir Peter Paul Rubens’s (1577–1640) masterpieces, as well as major works by great artists who were influenced by him. The Royal Academy of Arts website describes it as “a far reaching and remarkable legacy”.

Bacon’s Sleeping Figure, 1959, is included in La Peregrina, a personal and contemporary response to Rubens and His Legacy by celebrated artist and Royal Academician Jenny Saville. Saville has brought together artists from Picasso to the present day whose work connects with Rubens’s. From the fleshy handling of paint to the use of colour, violence and spectacle, Saville’s selection shows the continuing preoccupations artists share with Rubens. Francis Bacon’s art joins works by fellow major 20th and 21st century artists including Pablo Picasso, Sarah Lucas, and Lucian Freud. Saville herself has created new work especially for this occasion.

“Whether you think you like Rubens or not, his influence runs through the pathways of painting. Like Warhol, he changed the game of art.” – Jenny Saville RA

The exhibition is curated by Dr Nico Van Hout, Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp and Dr Arturo Galansino Curator, Royal Academy of Arts, London with an advisory committee of advisors including art historians, Sir Christopher White and Elizabeth McGrath. For more information on this exhibition, including ticketing, audio, video, and info on related events, please visit the exhibition website.

Rubens and His Legacy, Van Dyck to Cézanne
24 January 2015 – 10 April 2015
The Royal Academy of Arts
London

Word reference: The Royal Academy of Arts website, online large print labels and press release. Please note all details including exhibition dates are subject to change, and tickets are subject to availability. For all confirmation please contact the Royal Academy of Arts website.

BACON LITHOGRAPHS EXHIBITED IN LONDON

Francis Bacon, Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne, 1966. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon. DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.
Francis Bacon, Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne, 1966. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon. DACS London 2015. All rights reserved. A lithograph of this piece is currently on display at the Graham Hunter Galley, London.

London’s Graham Hunter Gallery is currently exhibiting and selling lithographs by Francis Bacon and Pablo Picasso, in the exhibition; Abstactors of the Human Form, on until 28 February.

‘What was it about the middle of the 20th century that inspired two very different artists to employ the concept of the abstract, to the capturing of the human form?’ – The Graham Hunter Gallery

The Graham Hunter Gallery presents a finely printed collection of lithographs by Francis Bacon and Pablo Picasso, examining their attitude and approach to the representation of the body.

The collection of Francis Bacon lithographs on display includes colour prints of Bacon’s work including; Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne, 1966, Three Studies for a Portrait of Lucian Freud, 1966, and Portrait of Henrietta Moraes 1966.

The exhibition is free to view to the public, with the exhibited lithographs available for purchase. For more information, please visit the exhibition site.

Abstactors of the Human Form
1 February – 28 February 2015
Graham Hunter Gallery
London, W1U 6RQ

Word reference: Graham Hunter Gallery website. Please note all details including exhibition dates are subject to change, for all confirmation please contact Graham Hunter Gallery.

PACE LONDON DISPLAYS BACON’S JOHN EDWARDS ART

Francis Bacon, Portrait of John Edwards, 1988. Oil paint on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.
Francis Bacon, Portrait of John Edwards, 1988. Oil paint on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon’s Portrait of John Edwards (1988), Poster for the 1988 Van Gogh Exhibition in Arles (1985) and  ‘Streetscape with Colonnade’ (1945) currently feature in Pace London’s exhibition A Strong Sweet Smell of Incense: A Portrait of Robert Fraser which runs to 28 March.

John Edwards was Francis Bacon’s closest friend and companion from 1976 until Bacon’s death in April 1992. Edwards is the subject of over twenty Bacon paintings, with Portrait of John Edwards, 1988, a particularly noted work. All of Bacon’s brushstrokes of Edwards were painted exclusively from photographs and from memory, never from life.

“the only true friend I ever had”. – Francis Bacon on John Edwards.

John Edwards’ studies in photography saw him take photographs on Bacon’s behalf, many of which the artist used in his paintings; Bacon, who thought very highly of these, would often refer to Edwards as “my photographer”.  Read more about John Edwards and his friendship with Francis bacon via our website.

Pace London explains on its website it is; “honoured to present A Strong Sweet Smell of Incense, a momentous exhibition that will take as inspiration the character and career of celebrated art dealer and pioneer, Robert Fraser. Curated by Brian Clarke.” Bacon’s work is shown alongside the art of David Bailey, Liz Finch, Peter Blake, Andy Warhol and many others. For more information please visit the exhibition site.

A Strong Sweet Smell of Incense: A Portrait of Robert Fraser
06 Feb 2015 – 28 Mar 2015
Pace London, 6 Burlington Gardens
London W1S 3ET

Word reference: Pace London press release and website, The Estate of Francis Bacon website. Please note all details including exhibition dates are subject to change, and tickets are subject to availability, for all confirmation please contact Pace London.

HEAD (MAN IN BLUE), 1961, DISPLAYING IN PARIS

Francis Bacon, Head (Man in Blue), 1961. Oil paint on Canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.
Francis Bacon, Head (Man in Blue), 1961. Oil paint on Canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon’s art is currently displaying in Paris at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, in an exhibition celebrating the Foundation’s 30th anniversary.

Head (Man in Blue), 1961, features in the exhibition The Inhabitants an idea by Guillermo Kuitca, running until February 22nd 2015.

The Inhabitants is an installation created especially for the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain by the Argentinian painter Guillermo Kuitca. Occupying the entire lower level visitors are plunged into a pictoral and sound environment, building an intricate network between Guillermo Kuitca’s art and that of fellow artists Tarsila do Amaral, Francis Bacon, David Lynch, Vija Celmins, Patti Smith and Artavazd Pelechian.

Francis Bacon’s Head (Man in Blue), 1961, acts as a pivotal element in Guillermo Kuitca’s installation, linking the various artists and allowing their works to respond to each other and to the various forces at work.

The Inhabitants reflects the unique manner in which the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain has operated for 30 years; bringing together works, artists and ideas. For further information, including an interview with Guillermo Kuitca, installation shots and a video, please visit the exhibition website.

The Inhabitants
25th October – 22nd February 2015
Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain
Paris, France.

Word reference: Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain website.
Please note all details including exhibition dates are subject to change, and tickets are subject to availability, for all confirmation please contact Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain.

TWO STUDIES FOR SELF-PORTRAIT TO BE EXHIBITED AND AUCTIONED IN LONDON

Francis Bacon, Two Studies for Self-Portrait, 1977. Oil paint on Canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.
Francis Bacon, Two Studies for Self-Portrait, 1977. Oil paint on Canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon’s Two Studies for Self-Portrait, 1977 is due to be exhibited and auctioned by Sotheby’s in London, as part of their Contemporary Art Evening Auction on February 10th.

“I’ve done a lot of self-portaits, really because people have been dying around me like flies and I’ve had nobody else to paint but myself.” – Francis Bacon quoted in 1975.

By 1977, many of Francis Bacon’s closest companions including his lover George Dyer had passed away, having an effect on Bacon’s physical and emotional artistic subject pool. Whilst these panels are not the first time Bacon has captured himself, nor that a self-portrait has been associated with an artist’s perception of mortality, this work does present for interpretation a classic example of Bacon’s very direct, intense and quite literally dark take on life. In both panels Bacon’s ongoing relationship with the painting of the mouth is further explored, with the right panel’s mouth contorted and seemingly screaming as the artist’s face starts to be pulled into a black abyss.

Ahead of its Contemporary Art Evening Auction, Sotheby’s highlights exhibition is set to display Francis Bacon’s Two Studies for Self-Portrait. The exhibition is a ticketed event, however tickets are available free of charge from Sotheby’s. Please find here and below exhibition dates and times*.

Sat, 07 Feb 15 | 12:00 pm – 05:00 pm GMT
Sun, 08 Feb 15 | 12:00 pm – 05:00 pm GMT
Mon, 09 Feb 15 | 09:00 am – 07:00 pm GMT
Tue, 10 Feb 15 | 09:00 am – 12:00 pm GMT

More information on Francis Bacon’s Two Studies for Self-Portrait, 1977 is available via Sotheby’s website. Additionally a video is also available to view with Sotheby’s providing further insight on Bacon’s work.

Word reference: Sotheby’s website. Francis Bacon quote: David Sylvester, Interviews with Francis Bacon, 4th ed., 1993, London: Thames & Hudson, page 129.
*Please note all details including exhibition dates and details are subject to change and availability, for all confirmation please contact Sotheby’s London.